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May Student Spotlight: Ryan Buus, SPT

Posted By Seana M. Benting, Monday, May 12, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
1. What is your current setting?
I am in the final stretches of my DPT program at the moment. My passion is in orthopaedics, however my most recent clinical was in acute care working mostly with cancer survivors and patients after planned orthopaedic surgeries. It was great to see this setting to gain a full perspective of the continuum of care. More importantly it was nice to experience how we as physical therapists approach patient care compared to other members of the health care team. 

2. What are some special interests/special accomplishments in your career?
I am very fortunate in the opportunities I have had in the beginnings of my career in physical therapy. My APTA involvement started by just raising my hand to volunteer for a class leadership position in 2011. Since then I ran for the Vice President of the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors, recently was selected as a recipient of the MNPTA’s Outstanding Student Physical Therapists award, and currently serve as the chair the Student Assembly Professional Advocacy Project Committee. Through these opportunities I have interacted with current and future leaders of our profession and fully realized my passion for advancing the profession. Specifically I enjoy enlightening physical therapists on the many ways they are already advocates for the profession. 

3. How are you involved with MNPTA?
This is my biggest area for improvement! Over the past three years I took every opportunity I had to be involved as a student at the national level. As graduation approaches I hope to move from a MNPTA conference attendee to being an active member in a committee, a delegate or finding some other way to become involved in the MNPTA. 

4. Why are you a member of APTA? 
Initially I was a member for the tangible rewards our school and the APTA offered. These benefits are still appreciated, but my primary motivation for APTA membership has changed. Professional duty, being part of the whole, and supporting the advancement of physical therapy are now the "why" behind my APTA membership.

5. What other hobbies or special interests do you have?
My interests are all over the place. When I get free time I enjoy sitting on our porch or taking a walk with my wife and dog. Professional cycling is my favorite sport to follow and I do like riding my own bicycle. I also like cooking/baking, golf and fishing. I aspire to read more books, but the information I have been able to gather via twitter is pretty astounding.

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